Mianus Maze Trail

MODERATE 151 reviews
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Mianus Maze Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stamford, Connecticut that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

Awesome ride to get your legs and lungs about in the beginning of the season. This particular ride is not to difficult but to get the best out of the ride do it fast and flowy. There are some tough climbs and some technical rocks and roots but its also and awesome way to introduce someone to mountain biking or to practice this awesome craft. This park has a tight network of both fire roads and single-track. Good for novices and intermediate riders. The Mianus River runs along the east side of the property, so it is hard to get lost. Some climbs, short runs to bomb down, some tech sections. Overall a good workout trail with several interconnected loops. There are some log obstacles which you can find and try.

hiking
3 hours ago

Not a difficult hike by any stretch, however the outer loop hugs the river for quite some time, making it a lovely hike for water lovers. We went when the ground was still quite thick with snow, but based on the limited elevation we didn’t struggle with ice/slipping. Will definitely do it again and perfect for those that are trying to get their kids into hiking.

trail running
3 months ago

I am new to trail running and loved this! I would actually consider it easy,. I followed the yellow trail and it was clearly marked. I like the wooden signs that tell you all the trail names, I would’ve taken some but was afraid of getting lost and not knowing how far it was. I wish there were maps along the way.

4 months ago

Great trail! Lots of mileage and felt very safe with all the people/dogs

walking
4 months ago

This was definitely not a moderate trail for hiking - I'd rate this trail very easy. But there are a lot of off-shoot loop trails so there's a lot of mileage. And seeing all the dogs was great!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great down hill action on most of the 3 loops

hiking
6 months ago

Great for casual outing

6 months ago

No views, but a lovely trail walk

7 months ago

its a good trail along riverside and nature at its best

7 months ago

great place although while dogs supposed to be on leashes, 90% of dogs are not. Very dangerous...not only they can mess up your on leash dog, your therapy dog or service dog , they can knock down a child or elderly person while being " friendly"'as the owners always mention...when you ask people to leash their dogs, they just ignore it...very rude

walking
7 months ago

Chill place to just walk and relax

hiking
7 months ago

First time here. Well marked trails with many options for distance. We did the long (yellow) trail. We are beginner hikers but do a lot of walking. It took 1.5 hours to hike the 4.5 miles. There were areas of rock to walk through. Completely wooded with river views during some of the walk. Here is a link to park map. http://www.friendsofmianusriverpark.org/park/mrptrailmap/MRP-TrailMap-2015.pdf

mountain biking
8 months ago

A great mountain biking trail, albeit challenging at times (at least for me!).

The yellow loop (5 miles) provides more than enough technical parts (roots, rocks, steep climbs) to keep you entertained, and there are dozens of small single tracks that maze through the forest.

Parking is very limited so I would avoid evenings and weekends given this park is right in the middle of the (relatively for CT) densely populated Stamford/Greenwich area.

hiking
9 months ago

It was fairly easy but a really nice trail along the river

mountain biking
9 months ago

Very clean and different levels of trails. Will definitely come back.

10 months ago

Unfortunate name but great trail. Minus one star due to lack of parking.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice enough trail. Some parts are right in people's back yards.

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

We took the yellow trail to the cave trail back to the yellow and then the Indian mill trail to make a loop. There was construction happening at the entrance and a lot of habitat restoration happening in the park. This cut off a lot of access to the river. The cave and fireplace were neat. but beyond that I felt like it lacked interesting views.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Decent hike of moderate difficulty I would say 4/10. Very annoying that people don't follow a leash law there. Sucks for the alpha dogs. Owners of unleashed dogs be warned that this is at your own risk and you face potential problems.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Almost no one follows the leash rule here. It made it extremely stressfull for my alpha dog and I to enjoy a hike as I had to stop every quarter mile and hold his muzzle shut and his body between my knees while other dogs were allowed to sniff him as he was trying to fight them. Even after I loudly announced from at least 20-50ft away "my dog is not dog friendly". People if a trail is busy......have some respect so everyone and every furbaby can enjoy

walking
Saturday, April 30, 2016

For more info about this 400-acre forest and river park, and a trailmap, go to: http://friendsofmianusriverpark.org/

Actually part of this park is in Stamford, part in Greenwich and part belongs to the CT DEEP.

Dogs are required to be on leash, with fines about $100 for an unleashed dog. Hopefully, the culture will change, but for many years, visitors walked their dogs off-leash. So if you're afraid of dogs, be forewarned.

4 trails, all with the name Road (such as Main Road Trail) were formerly carriage roads, when the property was private. These are very popular and often crowded... but if you're willing to explore the lesser-used trails, it won't be crowded.. weekdays you might encounter commercial dog-walkers with up to a dozen dogs, some off-leash.

Weekends are crowded, and parking areas often full... much better on weekdays.

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